This Month in Sports Rehabilitation: Cross-country Skiing (February 2011)
Winter in Wisconsin can be much more pleasurable if you get outside, and an ideal recreational and competitive sport with a low incidence of injury is cross-country skiing.
There are two main styles of cross-country skiing: the classic diagonal stride and skating.
Classic skiing involves a forward glide. As the leg of one side glides forward, the arm on that side pushes into extension, with the pole to assist push off.
Skating techniques include the V1, V2 and double poling.
- The V1 technique is skating with polling over the power leg side during the ski cycle. This technique is often used for hill climbing.
- The V2 technique involves polling on both sides during one ski cycle. This technique is often used on level ground.
- Double polling allows you to initiate momentum during ski racing. You pole at a rapid pace, flexing your trunk forward and gliding with your feet.
The UW Health Sports Rehabilitation evaluates and treats injuries that occur from falling in cross-country skiing as well as those that occur from training and technique errors. Common injuries include knee sprains, Achilles tendinopathy and shin pain. To request an appointment, please call (608) 263-4765.
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